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Chris Motola

Chris Motola

Expert Analyst & Reviewer at Merchant Maverick
An expert in personal and business loans and financial health, Chris Motola has been writing about small business finance and payments for over 5 years. He has been cited in various industry publications, including Forbes Advisor, GoBankingRates, and Medium. Chris is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.
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The Best Small Business Loan Resources

When it comes to loans, we like to talk a lot about comparison shopping here at Merchant Maverick. And while we provide a lot of handy information here, it’s best to consider our website as just one of many tools in your box. So what are some the best small business loan resources you can […]

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Aug 30, 2018 Filed under: Business Credit Cards, Business Grants, Business Loans, Crowdfunding, Equipment Financing, Invoice Factoring, Merchant Cash Advance 0

What Is A Factor Rate On Small Business Financing? How To Understand The Cost Of Borrowing

Although factor rates and interest rates appear similar, there are some important differences which potential borrowers need to be aware of. Fixed fees (the fee determined by a factor rate) are only calculated once, before the loan is issued. The fee will stay the same, regardless of how long repayment takes. On the other hand, interest rates are accrued over time—the longer your loan is outstanding, the more fees will build up. Read on for more about the difference between factor rates and interest rates.

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Feb 26, 2020 Filed under: Business Loans, Merchant Cash Advance 0

The 9 Best Loans & Organizations For Your Minority-Owned Small Business

For minorities seeking business loans, the normal challenges of financing can be compounded by lending biases, systemic racism, language barriers, and geographical positioning in communities that have been written-off by many lenders. It’s not all bad news, though. Many institutions and organizations have programs designed to circumvent these issues and get money into the hands of minority entrepreneurs.

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Sep 9, 2020 Filed under: Business Loans 0

Equipment Lease VS Lease Line Of Credit

If you need equipment financing for your business, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available to you. You’ll have a choice between a number of different lease types that can be tailored to your needs based on term lengths, ownership preferences, and buyout options. Businesses seeking even more flexibility can […]

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Jan 9, 2020 Filed under: Business Loans, Equipment Financing 0

Wells Fargo Equipment Financing Review

Pros Suited for large businesses Cons Opaque terms and fees Fair public reputation Overview Wells Fargo is an international bank and financial services holding company based in San Francisco; is one of the largest banks in the world. It is also currently the country’s largest equipment financer. If you can meet Wells Fargo’s borrowing prerequisites, […]

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Dec 28, 2020 Filed under: Equipment Financing Reviews 0

What Is A Lease Line Of Credit?

We often think in terms of insurance for expensive items we already own, but when it comes to anticipated future expenses, we usually only think in terms of savings. Businesses that expect to replace equipment in the near future, however, can prepare for those expenses in another way: by seeking a lease line of credit. […]

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Jan 9, 2020 Filed under: Business Loans, Equipment Financing 0

Key Equipment Finance Review

Pros Suited for large businesses Good public reputation Cons Opaque terms and fees Fair customer support Overview Key Equipment Finance (KEF) is the equipment financing division of Cleveland, Ohio-based regional bank, KeyCorp. KEF is, itself, based in Superior, Colorado, with regional headquarters in Albany, NY and Toronto, ON. KEF is a safe, stable financer for […]

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Dec 28, 2020 Filed under: Equipment Financing Reviews 0

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